Board member of ACN – Australia to be Ambassador to the Vatican
John McCarthy, a long-standing Board member of the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in Australia, has been appointed as his country’s Ambassador to the Holy See.
McCarthy, a lawyer and Queen’s Counsel, is expected to take up his new office in September 2012.
Born in 1947 at Parkes in the Australian state of New South Wales, John McCarthy has held a variety of posts in university and government administrations; he is married and has six children.
In 2006, he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Gregory the Great by the Holy See for his services to the Catholic Church in Australia.
Since 2012 he has also been an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney.
(Mr John McCarthy QC)
Directly under the Holy See, Aid to the Church in Need supports the faithful wherever they are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need. ACN is a Catholic charity – helping to bring Christ to the world through prayer, information and action.
The charity undertakes thousands of projects every year including providing transport for clergy and lay Church workers, construction of church buildings, funding for priests and nuns and help to train seminarians. Since the initiative’s launch in 1979, Aid to the Church in Need’s Child’s Bible – God Speaks to his Children has been translated into 162 languages and 48 million copies have been distributed all over the world.
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